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May 07, 2012

University of Waikato Taps Fortinet Appliance Deployment Solution to Gain Visibility and Control of Network

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Fortinet (News - Alert), a provider of high-performance network security, is now fully supporting the appliance deployment at the University of Waikato, a New Zealand university, in order for the institute of higher learning to increase visibility and gain better control of its network.

Fortinet’s partner Gen-I helped the university with the process by giving it access to an intrusion prevention solution (IPS), virtual private network (VPN) for both SSL and IPSec, and a firewall solution.

"When we shortlisted vendors for the final selection process, Fortinet was the only one that offered the horsepower we needed," said Dougal Mair, manager of ICT infrastructure at the University of Waikato, in a statement. "The addition of the virtual domains was also an attractive benefit as it automatically reduced the number of appliances we had to purchase and had to manage on the campus network."

The two FortiGate-1240B appliances are deployed in the main campus, in high availability active/active mode. The appliances are utilizing the FortiGate virtual domain (VDOM) capability whereby one appliance can be used to create up to 25 VDOMs. As a result, the school can have a single appliance to virtually manage the disparate networks of its seven different schools.

To help manage and analyze the network traffic, the university has also deployed a FortiAnalyzer-1000B appliance. The FortiAnalyzer is helping the school to better analyze exactly what is going on across the campus network and blocks applications and websites when needed.

"Universities around the world find Fortinet's integrated security platform a perfect fit for their open networks because network control is maintained while allowing faculty, staff and student the freedom to do as they need," Clive Levido, general manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands at Fortinet added. "Fortinet's breadth and depth of security is a perfect fit for the variable needs of universities."

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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